Huber Engineered Woods (HEW), a subsidiary of J.M. Huber Corporation, announced it will build a new oriented strand board (OSB) facility in Cohasset, Minn. The plant will increase the company’s production of ZIP System and AdvanTech structural panels.

“We look forward to being an integral part of the community and a key partner in the future success of the county and the state,” HEW president Brain Carlson said in a news release. “We are pleased and excited to bring this new investment and set of employment opportunities to Itasca County and the surrounding areas. It is our desire for our new Minnesota operations to be a shining example of our company’s commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

The Cohasset location will be HEW’s sixth U.S. mill and its first presence in Minnesota, contingent upon site acquisition, approval of certain legislative initiatives, and financial assistance.

“In addition to the successful launch of several new products at the 2021 International Builders’ Show, this is yet another example of HEW’s commitment to supporting our brands and our growing base of customers nationally,” Carlson said. “We’ve seen a strong start to 2021 and are optimistic for continued growth of our specialty products in the coming years. We are pleased to share our plans for increased production to help keep pace with the growing demands of our customers for ZIP System and AdvanTech products, as well as future innovative solutions that we strive to deliver.”

According to the company, the mill will produce a wide range of products and will “significantly increase” the company’s ability to service the western and midwestern housing markets.

HEW’s parent company, J.M. Huber Corporation has a global footprint of approximately 4,000 employees across 20 countries.

The project coming to Minnesota is contingent upon financial assistance from IRRB, the state of Minnesota, DEED, the City of Cohasset, Itasca County, and MN Power, according to HEW.